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Worthwhile Adds Client Engagement Assistant, Becky Ewing

WorthwhileWorthwhile, a customer-driven web, mobile and software development firm based in Greenville, S.C., is pleased to announce the hiring of client engagement assistant Becky Ewing. This role is a key contact for many of Worthwhile’s clients in ongoing relationships, making sure their needs are served and their questions are answered fully and efficiently.

Becky EwingAs client engagement assistant, Becky works with a customer-focused mindset, listening and understanding needs so she can connect clients with the resources or Worthwhile team members who can help. Becky also supports Worthwhile’s team through research, creative solutions, and administrative support.

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StorageCraft Receives Best Software Solution Award from ChannelPro SMB

StorageCraftChannelPro SMB Forum attendees voted backup and disaster recovery solution provider StorageCraft Technology Corporation as the best Software Solution Provider on March 3 in Linthicum, Md.

The ChannelPro SMB Forum featured presentations from some of the top SMB resellers and managed service providers in the country, sharing their insights on the hottest tech solutions in the SMB marketplace today.

The StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution, which includes the highly regarded StorageCraft ShadowProtect software line, is a suite of backup and disaster recovery solutions for physical and virtual environments. ShadowProtect is available in multiple versions so that IT professionals can easily use the edition that meets their needs, such as best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection for servers, desktops and laptops. The StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution also includes, StorageCraft Granular Recovery for Exchange, StorageCraft ImageManager and StorageCraft Cloud Services.

In addition to the Best Software Solution award at the ChannelPro SMB Forum, StorageCraft recently won the Best Software Solution and Best Partner Involvement awards at the ASCII Success Summit in Miami. The company also was named Best Channel Vendor in the Business Continuity and Backup and Disaster Recovery category by Business Solutions magazine readers.

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SolidFire Introduces the SF9605 Node and FlashForward Program

New node delivers SolidFire’s highest density and lowest $/GB; all SolidFire nodes now backed by unparalleled compatibility and wear guarantees.

SolidFire, ranked the #1 Solid-State Array, continues to disrupt the flash market with the latest addition to its SF Series product line — the SF9605 — and announces its FlashForward Program, the storage industry’s smartest guarantee.

Introduced today, the SF9605 delivers 34.5TB effective capacity and 50,000 predictable IOPS, continuing SolidFire’s track record of driving down the cost of all-flash arrays by providing the highest density and lowest cost in the SolidFire portfolio. The SF9605 is the latest addition to the product line and delivers the full award-winning SolidFire feature set, including Guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), in-line data reduction, and complete system automation, all in a format that meets the needs of customers where scale out capacity is a primary requirement.

SolidFire also announced today the FlashForward program, which incorporates two key guarantees: a Platform Compatibility Guarantee and an Unlimited Wear Guarantee, both designed to deliver unparalleled investment protection and peace of mind for current and future customers.

The Platform Compatibility Guarantee protects customers’ investment in SolidFire systems by guaranteeing both software and hardware compatibility for all systems under a support contract. This allows customers to obtain new software functionality free of charge for the life of the system, rather than requiring controller upgrades for major software updates as is common in the industry today. Furthermore, hardware compatibility ensures that customers can mix new SolidFire nodes with their existing system, allowing them to expand with the latest flash technology as their system grows, rather than being locked in to a single generation of flash. The Platform Compatibility Guarantee eliminates the hardware replacement, storage migration, and forklift upgrades that are common with traditional enterprise storage systems.

Additionally, SolidFire’s Unlimited Drive Wear Guarantee further protects customers by eliminating concerns around flash endurance. Drives within every SolidFire platform are guaranteed against wear without use-case or workload restriction for any system under an active support contract. With the FlashForward Program, customers can be confident that the SolidFire storage platform will continuously support their business as IT infrastructure needs evolve.

“For SolidFire customers, the idea of repurchasing, re-configuring and/or upgrading your storage infrastructure and controllers every 3 years is an antiquated concept. Our customers see their next generation data centers in a very different light,” commented SolidFire Founder and CEO, Dave Wright. “SolidFire customers expect their storage infrastructure to have the ability to keep pace not only with their changing business, but with changing flash technology as well as providing long-term investment protection. The idea of installing a rigid storage system only to watch it age and become obsolete faster than you expect is not something we, or our customers believe in.”

Recently ranked the #1 Solid-State Array by independent analysts, SolidFire offers the highest-performing all-flash storage systems for both accelerating application performance and consolidating mixed workloads.

The SF9605 is currently available for order through SolidFire and its global partner network. To learn how to put SolidFire’s scale-out all-flash storage platform to work in your data center, visit SolidFire FlashForward.

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Steve Chin of Oracle Presents, “Raspberry Pi with Java” at the Greenville Java Users Group Meeting March 8

March 8 | 5:00 – 6:30PM | Greenville

The March Greenville Java Users Group meeting features Steve Chin, a Java Ambassador at Oracle specializing in embedded and UI technology, co-author of the Pro JavaFX Platform 2 title, and the JavaOne Content Chair.

Steve will demonstrate Java programming for hobby projects on the Raspberry Pi. He will bring a lot of toys to demo for us including a UltiMaker 2, 3D Printer, IoT Magic Hat, and Makeblocks robot. He will use them to demonstrate several embedded projects live with source code!

Stephen Chin has been featured at Java conferences around the world including Devoxx, JFokus, OSCON, JFall, GeeCON, JustJava, and JavaOne, where he thrice received a Rock Star Award. Stephen can be followed on twitter @steveonjava, reached via his blog and his hacking adventures can be seen on Night Hacking.

Register here: Raspberry Pi with Java

TSAChoice Announces 10,000-step Walking Challenge Winner, Donates to United Way of Henderson County

Technology integrator TSAChoice, Inc., with offices in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, announces that the winner of its 10,000-step walking challenge is the Henderson County IT Department, and has donated $500 to the United Way of Henderson County on the IT Department’s behalf. The 10,000-step walking challenge was issued to TSAChoice’s customers and held during the month of December to help promote healthy lifestyles. Henderson County IT Department won with a team member average of 9,559 steps per day.

TSAChoice 2014 Walking Challenge Winner

As the winner of the challenge, Henderson County IT Department chose the United Way of Henderson County as the beneficiary of TSAChoice’s donation. The donation will help support United Way of Henderson County’s 10-year plan for improving their community through four primary impact areas: Education, Income, Health, and Crisis Services/Basic Needs.

Becky Snyder, CGCIO of the Henderson County IT Department, says that they didn’t really develop a team strategy to win. “We are just pretty active in our daily routines,” says Snyder. “We are always on the move and we walk between the various County buildings downtown whenever possible.” Snyder provided pedometers for the team members who didn’t already have them.

Lynn Banks, a Sales Engineer with TSAChoice who organized the competition, says that TSAChoice had already challenged its own employees, but thought it would be fun to put their team up against their customers’ teams. “We had a great time and enjoyed a little friendly competition with our customers,” Banks says. “It kept our team in check. In the end, we are happy for Henderson County IT Department’s win, and they chose such a great organization to assist.”

The 10,000-step challenge was accepted by seven local companies: Commerce Services Corporation, Council on Aging, Express Employment Professionals, Henderson County IT Department, and Western Carolina Medical Society in Western North Carolina; and Spartan Felt Company and Peidmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group in Upstate South Carolina. The second place winner was TSAChoice with a team member average of 7,625 steps per day, and in third place was Spartan Felt Company, averaging 7,225 steps per day. Banks was pleased with the level of participation. “We thought it was a success and hope to do it again next year with even more participants,” she says.

via TSAChoice

SC Department of Commerce Awards 26 Million in Tech and Entrepreneurship Grants

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding $2.6 million in a second round of funding to 19 organizations across the state to further innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development.

As part of its efforts to support and grow an innovative, technology-based and entrepreneurial business environment, the Department of Commerce launched the state’s first Office of Innovation in the fall of 2013. In 2014, the Department of Commerce awarded its inaugural round of innovation grants to 14 organizations across the state and announced a second round last September.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical components to the success of our economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “We want to enable and support a stronger innovation ecosystem in South Carolina and help the state become a top place in the nation to start and build high-growth businesses.”

The South Carolina Innovation Challenge solicits proposals for projects that focus on fostering technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in South Carolina communities through university collaboration, local government participation or public-private partnerships. Projects are required to address one or more goals of the South Carolina Innovation Plan.

For the second round of grants, nearly 60 submissions totaled $10.5 million in requests. Cities, county offices, chambers of commerce, universities, incubators and accelerators applied for funding. A project could be awarded a maximum of $250,000 in grant funds, with a required dollar-for-dollar match of non-state-appropriated funds.

Projects awarded will impact Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Darlington, Florence, Greenville, Horry, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter and York counties, with several projects making statewide impact. Projects are outcomes-oriented, and focus on building stronger entrepreneurs and companies, growing startup communities, training technology talent and providing education and access to funding for startups in both rural and urban areas of the state:

  • Conway Innovation Center (The 5th T Innovation Group) $150,000
  • Flagship3 Incubator (Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation) $250,000
  • e-Merge @ the Garage programs (City of Anderson) $125,000
  • Project Hub Relocation and Expansion (City of Spartanburg) $50,000
  • North Dargan Innovation Center (Florence Downtown Development Corporation) $150,000
  • Startup.SC (Grand Strand Technology Council) $100,000
  • NEXT Ecosystem Acceleration (Greenville Chamber of Commerce) $250,000
  • The Harbor Entrepreneur Center (The Harbor Entrepreneur Center) $250,000
  • Duke Energy Center for Innovation Phase III (Hartsville Community Development Foundation) $100,000
  • South Carolina’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (The Institute for Leadership &
  • Professional Excellence at Columbia College) $100,000
  • PRISM (IT-oLogy) $100,000
  • Pickens Innovation Center (Pickens Revitalization Association) $50,000
  • Knowledge Park Innovation Center: Phase II (Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation) $250,000
  • Santee-Lynches Ecosystem for Enterprise Development (Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments) $20,000
  • SOCO Columbia’s Creative Community (SOCO) $100,000
  • SCBIO Life Science Startup in a Box (South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization) $100,000
  • iTEAMS Xtreme and CREATEng (SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematical Foundation) $225,000
  • Aiken Innovation Project (University of South Carolina Aiken) $80,000
  • Columbia Startup Hub (University of SC/Columbia Technology Incubator) $200,000

GSATC Presents, “TECH JOBS 2015: Where there are and how to get them” April 15

You have heard there are new jobs in the tech industry every day. The demand for IT professionals is growing faster than universities and training programs can push them out, but where are these jobs? What companies are hiring and what skills are in the most demand?

Join us in April for a panel discussion with some of the biggest tech employers in the Upstate on the tech jobs they and their strongest competitors are fighting to fill. Find out what you can do to not only find them, but to get them.


Where they are and how to get them.

a GSATC Learning Lunch
with enterprise employer panelists from Golden Career Strategies, Charter Business and Verizon Wireless

11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Workshop
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.

TSAChoice Announces its TSA”Choice” Award Winners at Annual Company Banquet

Technology integrator TSAChoice, Inc., with offices in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, announces its annual TSA“Choice” employee awards. TSAChoice’s management team chooses winners based on talent and positive attitude. “It is difficult to choose just one person from each division,” says Dan Watts, President. “We have a company of honest, smart, and empathetic employees.”

The division award winners are:

• John Mills, Salesperson of the Year
• Jennifer Silver, Administration Person of the Year
• Bill Keehan, Voice Tech of the Year
• Matt Smith, IT Tech of the Year
• Gary Luyckx, Low Voltage Tech of the Year
• Adam Laughter, Rookie of the Year

Overall 2014 Teammate of the Year, chosen by employee vote, is Sales Engineer Patrick Jones.

via TSAChoice

Greenville Based Azalea Capital Sells ETAK Systems, Inc.

Azalea Capital announced February 4, 2015 the sale of ETAK Systems, Inc. to a private investor group led by Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC and management. ETAK Systems, based in Charlotte, NC, is a leading service provider to national wireless communication carriers providing maintenance and installation services on key network infrastructure throughout the U.S.

Lee Priest, CEO of ETAK, stated, “We have enjoyed a successful relationship with Azalea in recent years as we have grown ETAK into an industry leading wireless services provider. Azalea provided valuable leadership and guidance, and was instrumental in the recruitment of our current team. Azalea also provided growth capital to allow ETAK to flourish and was a value added partner during our years together.”

Brookwood Associates, LLC served as financial advisor and Nelson Mullins served as legal advisor to ETAK for this transaction.

ETAK Systems’ infrastructure services include reserve battery power installation/replacement, power plant upgrades and capacity-expanding radio installations for leading wireless carriers. ETAK also offers site reviews, location analysis, engineering audits, battery testing, small cell and distributed antenna system installation and other miscellaneous services related to wireless communication networks.

via Azalea Capital